2013 Review and Roundup From PBCHRC

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Since 1988, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council has worked diligently with public officials to successfully enact more than 65 local laws and policies that provide equal protection and benefits to Palm Beach County's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Palm Beach County is now one of the best places in the world for LGBT people to live, study, work, socialize and retire.

PBCHRC's accomplishments in 2013 include the following:

January 2013

Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits implemented a tax equity policy providing eligible employees with domestic partners a $500 annual stipend to offset the additional federal income taxes, which assessed on employees whose domestic partners receive health insurance through their employers.

Palm Beach County's Constitutional Tax Collector Anne Gannon implemented a tax equity policy providing eligible employees with domestic partners a $500 annual stipend to offset the additional federal income taxes which assessed on employees whose domestic partners receive health insurance through their employers.

February 2013

The Boca Raton Community Relations Board voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council to amend its enabling ordinance to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression."

The Town of South Palm Beach amended its nondiscrimination statement to include "sexual orientation" and "any other legally protected status."

March 2013

The Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority amended its nondiscrimination policies to include "gender identity or expression."

April 2013

West Palm Beach became the first city in Florida - and only the second city in the nation - to implement a tax equity policy to reimburse municipal employees insuring their domestic partners for the full amount of the additional federal income taxes which are assessed on employees whose domestic partners receive health insurance through their employers.

Delray Beach updated its policy against discrimination, harassment and bullying to include both "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression."   

May 2013

In recognition of PBCHRC's 25th Anniversary, openly gay poet Richard Blanco conducted a poetry reading in honor of our organization.

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio appointed Robert Telford, a broadcast coordinator for the City's television station, as her liaison to the city's LGBT community.

Working with Scouts for Equality, PBCHRC assisted in a petition drive to help convince Gulf Stream Council of the Boy Scouts of America to support dropping the ban on gay scouts.

PBCHRC Board Member J.P. Sasser was appointed to serve on the LGBT Task Force of the Area Agency on Aging.

August 2013

The Town of Palm Beach updated its personnel policies to ensure that the domestic partners of Town employees will be treated the same way as employees' opposite-sex spouses with regard to health and dental insurance benefits, bereavement leave, illness in immediate family leave, family and medical leave and domestic partnership leave and access to the Town's employee assistance program.

September 2013

Palm Beach County enacted a tax equity reimbursement policy to reimburse municipal employees insuring their domestic partners for the full amount of the additional federal income taxes which are assessed on employees whose domestic partners receive health insurance through their employers.

The City of Boca Raton amended its personnel rules and regulations to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

The City of Boca Raton extended the jurisdiction of the Community Relations Board to include the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

The City of Boca Raton offered the full range of domestic partnership benefits to its municipal employees. The benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, continuation of insurance coverage (identical to coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, or COBRA), funeral leave, domestic violence leave, family sick leave and domestic partner leave (identical to coverage by the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA).

The City of Palm Beach Gardens added domestic partnership health insurance to the list of domestic partnership benefits for municipal employees.

Judge Rand Hoch (retired) is President and Founder of PBCHRC


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